Category: Healthy Living

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The Power of Journaling

There is a strong connection between mindfulness and wellness. Mindfulness is the act of calling the mind to attention in the present moment, focusing on what is happening in the now. This process involves switching from passively engaging with thoughts and actively observing and experiencing them. Journaling is a mindfulness activity with multiple benefits including processing experiences, increasing self-awareness, improving self-confidence, all of which … Read More The Power of Journaling

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Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health

An emotional support animal is any animal that provides comfort by being with a person who needs them. These animals have not been trained to perform a specific task, which means that they are not synonymous with service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. While emotional support animals do not require specific training, they should be well-mannered in public. If they … Read More Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health

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9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

2020 has been a whirlwind of new challenges and hardship. In a year that has been filled with sad, dark, and at times depressing days we need a resolution remix for 2021. Below are some new takes on an old tradition to help kick start the new year off right. Kick deprivation to the curb. Many of us have tried strict dieting in the … Read More 9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

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Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

1. Model it – children will look to their caregivers for cues on how to respond to life stresses. As parents, it is important to model the characteristics you would like your child to exhibit. Why? Because kids are constantly watching and listening to you. Healthy habits, including optimism start with having an optimistic mindset yourself.  2. Practice looking for the positive – daily … Read More Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

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What to Say When Someone Loses a Pet

Anyone who has lost a pet knows the pain is very real, and in that moment there is nothing that can take away the sadness. Animals bring so much joy into our lives, and for many, pets are considered family members.  The most important thing to remember is to be sensitive and understanding of someone’s loss. The passing of a pet leaves a huge … Read More What to Say When Someone Loses a Pet

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Can There Be Hope Amid Politics?

I consider myself to be an apolitical person. I try to stay informed. I vote. But when it comes to politics, I prefer to listen to what others have to say more than I like to talk about what I think. But after watching the first woman of color accept the nomination for the vice president of the United States of America, it’s hard … Read More Can There Be Hope Amid Politics?

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COVID and Children’s Mental Health

COVID has brought to our doorsteps much unexpected change, anxiety and stress. The current atmosphere is challenging for adults, but is also trying for children in different ways. Thinking about how to begin a conversation with a child about the current climate can be daunting. Know that there are strategies and resources available to help. Prepare The first and most necessary step before speaking … Read More COVID and Children’s Mental Health

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Embracing Change

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change. If that is the case, then why is change sometimes so difficult to cope with when it happens? Perhaps it is that when change occurs, it doesn’t provide much warning, so there’s little time to prepare. When we are caught off guard, we are forced to react instinctively as opposed to being able … Read More Embracing Change

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Alcohol and the Holidays

When it comes to celebrations, particularly during the holidays, perceptions of hospitality and alcohol usually go hand in hand. Alcohol is so frequently associated with social events that people are surprised when alcohol is not present at a gathering. But what if you choose not to drink? Either due to health reasons, volunteering to be a designated driver, just don’t feel like it, or because of … Read More Alcohol and the Holidays

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The Opioid Crisis

It is difficult to turn on the television or radio, or pick up a newspaper and not notice some mention of the opioid crisis in the United States. The volume on this hot button issue is also likely to increase the closer we get to the 2020 presidential election. Before we delve into the very important discussion regarding the opiate epidemic, addiction and mental … Read More The Opioid Crisis

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The Power of Silence

We live in a world filled with noise. If you start from the beginning of your day, think of the number of things you hear from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Alarm clock, dog barking, television/radio, stranger’s cell phone conversations, work telephones ringing, automobile traffic, honking horns, subway trains running, doors slamming, yelling, laughing, and millions of … Read More The Power of Silence

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month was created by the organization Mental Health America (MHA) and has been observed in the United States since 1949. That’s 70 years ago! Each year for the entire month of May organizations like Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and others take an active role in raising awareness about mental health in our communities. They host … Read More Mental Health Awareness Month